Bariatric Surgery Translational Research Lab Faculty
Research | Rush University Medical Center – Chicago | Surgery

RUSH University Medical Center, a nationally recognized clinical and academic institution and the teaching hospital for RUSH Medical and Nursing Colleges, located in downtown Chicago, invites applications for the position of Bariatric Surgery Translational Research Lab Faculty.

The Research Scientist will design, initiate, perform and oversee a scientific research program and prepare reports and papers based on research results. Exemplifies the Rush mission, vision and values and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.  This position is responsible for and permitted to only participate in research activities and will not provide patient care.

As Assistant Professor / Research Scientist, this individual will perform research in the animal microsurgery field. They will serve as a subject matter expert on animal models of bariatric surgery. They will utilize their experience in complex laboratory techniques to perform research on cell lines, animal models and human tissues. They will design, perform and analyze experiments. They will review, analyze and report relevant literatures. They will write scientific manuscripts for the publication of completed research. They will be responsible for writing and submitting grant applications relevant to their experimental work. They will instruct specific techniques related to their research to Post-Doctoral Research Fellows, under-graduate students and graduate students working in the laboratory. They will conduct research on in-vivo rodent animal models. They will maintain a safe laboratory environment and ensure compliance with governmental and institution policies, procedures, rules and regulations. They will assist in the preparation, submission, and continued renewal of animal welfare with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science protocols. They will be responsible for organizing and participating in department activities including journal clubs, workshops, and seminars.

Job Responsibilities:

  • This position is responsible for designing, initiating, performing and overseeing a research program utilizing animal models of bariatric surgery
  • Collects, evaluates, interprets and provides documentation of research data to accomplish research objectives.
  • Prepares manuscripts and research papers for presentation and/or publications.
  • Ensures compliance with governmental and University policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Job Qualifications:

  • MD or PhD in relevant field.
  • Experience in live animal surgery and animal models of disease.
  • Previous publication record as demonstrated by publication either as lead or contributing author.
  • Strong analytical thinking with ability to troubleshoot and evaluate data.
  • Demonstrates strong research methodology with the ability to synthesize literature.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Self-motivated, team-oriented, with excellent interpersonal skills.

Rush University System for Health (RUSH) is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the individuals and the diverse communities it serves through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships.

RUSH includes RUSH University Medical Center, RUSH University, RUSH Copley Medical Center and RUSH Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. RUSH University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university that comprises RUSH Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College.

RUSH is an elite medical community recognized yearly for excellence in patient care, medical discovery and clinical expertise. We’re proud to have received Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study, ranking second among 99 academic medical centers across the country. All three RUSH hospitals have earned the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation in the Healthcare Equality Index. Our physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses and staff are the heartbeat of our health system’s ongoing success. We know how important it is to recruit and retain exceptional staff and faculty to execute our mission.

Join RUSH and become part of one of the nation’s best healthcare systems. 

Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or Protected Veteran status.

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Why Rush?

Best HospitalsRush University Medical Center is an elite medical community recognized for excellence in patient care, medical discovery and clinical expertise. Our continued pursuits have earned Rush University Medical Center the distinction of being on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Honor Roll for 2020-2021. This places the Medical Center amongst the top 20 of the 3,000 hospitals evaluated. U.S. News & World Report has also recognized 11 Rush programs amongst the nation’s best, including top five national rankings for orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery.

These accolades, along with many others that include a decade of Magnet® designation, are a reflection of the collective efforts and commitment to excellence demonstrated by our physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses and medical staff.


Rush is united by diversity, inclusion and a commitment to health equity. Rush is also a perennial “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.”

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Chicago offers an excellent selection of homes in downtown, suburban and rural locations, as well as public and private schools and colleges. Local museums, entertainment, culture and the arts are world-class. Celebrated restaurants, craft breweries and local distilleries abound.

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Research at Rush

Rush is currently involved in more than 1,600 research studies, many NIH-funded. Rush’s long tradition of discovery dates back to determining the causes of scarlet fever, heart attacks and sickle cell anemia. Today we’re also leaders in neurosciences, cancer, immunology, infection, regenerative medicine and more. Join us in spearheading life-changing research at the national level.

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